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Phase II: Plan

Part III: Plan-alyze- The Draft Planalyzer Dashboard

Now that we have organized our data from our last three drafts, let us look at what the Draft Planalyzer tells us about it. I will continue to refer to the default version of the Planalyzer available under Resources above. Note that it is preloaded with ADP information adapted from
If you click the ‘Dashboard’ tab, you’ll see three lists that have automatically been generated from your input. The first, ‘Annual Totals’, indicates the total of a given position taken per year, with an average weighted by your settings from the Input page. Looking at the data, you can see that between years 1 and 2 there was a shift away from RBs to WRs. There was a deemphasis on TEs. LBs returned to prominence after a dip in year 2.

PLANALYZE: Your take away here is to know how many players will be taken at a given position. This clues you in to how far into the rankings you need to go. You can also spot the trends as they develop over the years. For instance, in this case the QB position will most likely remain at 31, while you might expect some variation between WRs and RBs.




Next up is the ‘nth Taken with Pick..’ view. This is an extremely useful tool in that it reveals where you can expect a given position in the draft. This can help you determine baselines, tiers and spot position runs. For example, in the data provided, we see that the 12th QB (presumably the last ‘starter’) can be expected to be gone at 7.4. The 24th RB should be gone at 5.10, and the 24th WR at 6.7. You can also spot when the first one goes at a position, so you know that if you want the best of any position, you better grab him at that pick (probably before, to be sure). So, we see that the first defensive player- a LB- goes at pick 5.10 per our weighted average.

PLANALYZE: This may be one of the most important pieces of information you’ll have in your arsenal. If you want a top 6 player, you know where you probably have to be. If you want to establish a baseline based on an ‘nth’ player taken, or last starter, this is where you can find that out. I like to use where the twelfth QB goes as my baseline (more on baselines in another article). At a minimum, if you use nothing else in the spreadsheet, this table is your key to developing your strategy and understanding how your league thinks.

Finally, under the ‘Per-round quantity of’ heading, you see a series of numbers that breaks down, by round, the expected number of positions to be taken. Note that these won’t necessarily add up correctly per round due to rounding errors. I opted to use whole numbers to present a cleaner view. (I may change that in the future). This table represents a heat map to clue you in on the position runs and where your league emphasizes a given position.

PLANALYZE: This map gives you an idea of how many of each position will go in a given round. I’ve flagged quantities of greater than 25% of the players, and again 50%+, so you can spot the relative ‘heat’ on a position in a given round. For example, we see that 8 RBs typically go in the first round, representing a whopping 75% of the picks in that round. We also see that there is never really a ‘run’ on QBs as they trickle off the boards at a nearly constant per-round rate. We can also see that WRs are popular throughout, only breaking off a bit as defensive players and kickers start to go.

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